After the rout (6-1) over Switzerland, Fernando Santos, coach of the Portuguese team, spoke at the press conference about Cristiano Ronaldo, who he put on the bench.
“Neither I nor Cristiano confuse the human issue with aspects of the game”.
And he added that he will change the team in what he deems necessary, which, in theory, means the possibility of the return of the star to the starting lineup. But will he change the lineup?
Benfica striker, Gonçalo Ramos, was the star of the night at Lusail Stadium. He scored three of Portugal’s goals and said at the press conference about Cristiano Ronaldo:
“He behaved naturally in the locker room, he motivated us, as our captain, as he always has,” said the 21-year-old striker, who took the star’s place.
If so, great for the Portuguese team, but if this outward speech does not translate into reality, the risk will be real. It’s something to get around.
Because the position of the number 7 shirt in his club in the season gives rise to the expectation of conflicts due to dissatisfaction. It is no coincidence that he is leaving Manchester United.
Portugal found the solution and a problem, solving it is imperative for the team to move towards an unprecedented final. There’s football for both, with or without CR7.
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